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The Truckee Donner Historical Society is pleased to announce the re-roof of the Old Jail Museum in downtown Truckee will proceed on schedule, thanks to the Town of Truckee’s financial support.

The Truckee Town Council, acting as the Truckee Redevelopment Agency Board of Directors, voted unanimously on Oct. 1 to fund the re-roof project for $29,000. The RDA vote means the Society can award the project bid to a local construction company, Mark Tanner Construction. Mark Tanner Construction will remove the old roof and install the new roof before the Historic Haunted Tour fundraising event Oct. 21 with Trails and Vistas.

TDHS Past President Judy Dunlap stated, “We applaud the foresight of the Truckee Town Council in recognizing the community value of the Old Jail Museum and the Council’s willingness to invest RDA funds to protect this valuable asset. The Old Jail Museum is a treasure trove of maps, photos, newspapers, artifacts and furniture. This donation means we can maintain the Old Jail Museum as a functioning and educational public resource and not worry when the winter storms blow in.”

Incoming TDHS President Chelsea Walterscheid noted, “We are anxious to get that roof off. Some of us believe there may be the proverbial foot of dirt under the old roof, a fire protection technique used at the turn of the century to stop fire from ravaging through wooden buildings.”

The Truckee Donner Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created in 1968. TDHS operates and maintains the Old Jail Museum, located east of the intersection of Spring and Jibboom Streets in downtown Truckee. Old Jail Museum tours are conducted by TDHS volunteers every weekend in the summer and upon request throughout the year. For more in-formation, contact Chelsea Walterscheid at (530) 305-4231.